The Virgin and Child in a Garden

The Virgin and Child are shown in a closed garden, the 'hortus conclusus' (closed garden in Latin), which represents chastity. Of the flowers, the iris is frequently shown as a symbol of the Virgin's grief. The subject was popular in Alsace.

The composition is close to that of an engraving signed with Schongauer's initials.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1469; died 1491
Full title
The Virgin and Child in a Garden
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on lime
30.2 x 21.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery